The U.S. is adding manufacturing jobs in the lithium-ion battery sector through private and public efforts such as Dow Kokam and LG Chem's under-construction facilities in Michigan and the federal government's $2.5 billion in stimulus grants, according to Jon Gertner. "Every company I visited not only had plans to get their primary factories running full speed by 2012 or 2013 but also to build or expand others," he writes.

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